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Re: NASA's new Mars picture

Posted 27 July 2012 - 07:25 AM

Yeppie! A new suit! Wait.. rear-entry for easy access and tech fun ways to keep cool and breath!

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The “Z-1 Prototype Spacesuit and Portable Life Support System (PLSS) 2.0,” to give it its proper name, is what is called a “rear-entry space suit” made up of a combination of several hard elements mounted on a suit of fabric that’s flexible when uninflated. To get in, the astronaut uses a “suitport.” This is a combined hatch and life support pack on the back of the suit’s torso. The neat thing about the Z-1 is that the hatch allows it to latch onto a spaceship, rover or habitat.

Once docked, the suit’s hatch can open inside the craft and the astronaut can get in and out of the suit without using an airlock. This means that the wearer can get in and out much faster, less air is wasted than with an airlock and the astronaut doesn’t have to do so much “Prebreathing.”
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For example, the current backpack uses a sublimator to cool the suit, but that only works in a hard vacuum. NASA wanted one that would work on Mars, so the Z-1 uses a water membrane evaporation cooler that cools using the same principle as sweating and it’s tough enough to survive freezing.
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current ones use lithium hydroxide/metal oxide carbon dioxide scrubbers, which need to be baked between missions to drive off the carbon dioxide. The new ones regenerate automatically by dumping the carbon dioxide every few minutes.
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Re: NASA's new Mars picture

Posted 27 July 2012 - 07:39 AM

View Postmodi123_1, on 27 July 2012 - 09:25 AM, said:

Yeppie! A new suit! Wait.. rear-entry for easy access


Well, that's convenient.
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Re: NASA's new Mars picture

Posted 30 July 2012 - 08:57 AM

the rover reminds me of :

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Re: NASA's new Mars picture

Posted 31 July 2012 - 07:04 PM

I want to be a Pepper too.
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Re: NASA's new Mars picture

Posted 03 August 2012 - 08:03 AM

Don't forget..

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Currently en route to the planet, it is scheduled to land in Gale Crater at about 05:31 UTC on August 6, 2012.
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that cite also goes on to list places to watch

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The whole world will be watching on August 6th 2012 to see the Mini Cooper Sized Mars Curiosity Rover perform an amazing landing on the red planet. We’ve compiled a list of places for you to watch the landing online and in person.




http://www.worldtime...ime_in_UTC.aspx
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Re: NASA's new Mars picture

Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:16 PM

W000h00! Touch down of Curiosity!


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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:38 PM

I want to know where the crane part landed first, before celebrating.
Nasa be well screwed if it's either the left or right of Curiosity, and the cabling is encircling the rover.

Or worst case still attached!

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Re: NASA's new Mars picture

Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:40 PM

The cables are not attached and it shot off some X miles away from the rover.
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Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:43 PM

It hasn't been confirmed yet. The cables are only 25foot long so there is a possibility the crane section is close by.

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Re: NASA's new Mars picture

Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:49 PM

Outside of watching the monitors at NASA showing the skycrane disengaging:

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Curiosity's flight computer, sensing "weight on wheels," then sent commands to fire small explosive devices that severed the cables connecting the rover to the still-firing propulsion system. Its work complete, the descent stage flew away to a crash landing a safe distance away.
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Re: NASA's new Mars picture

Posted 06 August 2012 - 05:56 AM

Most intense rover landing ever!
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 06:54 AM

Damn near had a bar fight over it... I guess I should have thrown out a good ol' fashion Bub-rub "woooot! W0000000000000T!" during a this dbag's shitty country song.

What evs.. I'd take him to the mat. That's how I roll. Like Louden Swain (Thompson High) I keep it real... for science!
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Posted 06 August 2012 - 07:04 AM

I'm impressed we still possess the technical expertise to engage in space exploration like this. The landing method (now that it seems to have worked) is frickin' brilliant. That said, I'd like to have been a fly on the wall where an engineer lead is describing how they'll have a lander rocket hover 20m off the ground and lower the lander with a crane. I imagine that took quite some convincing others that such a thing could be done and done on Mars by automatic commands.

Good for NASA, JPL and the US. I'm looking forward to what they find with this thing. If they exceed designed lifespans like the last 3 rovers did (this one is slated for a 2 year mission), this thing could come rolling up to the first people we finally manage to plunk down on Mars.
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Re: NASA's new Mars picture

Posted 06 August 2012 - 07:14 AM

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this thing could come rolling up to the first people we finally manage to plunk down on Mars.

... and this is typically where a freak ion storm or dislodged rock hits the rover and activates the "seek and destroy" baseline subroutines. Ha!

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 07:14 AM

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If they exceed designed lifespans like the last 3 rovers did (this one is slated for a 2 year mission), this thing could come rolling up to the first people we finally manage to plunk down on Mars.


Yeah, and considering it's got a laser on its head, that could be an interesting conversation.

"Yo, meathead! I hear you monkeys can dance pretty good - let's see you go!"


("But we sent you here to do research!" "Yeah, what do you think I'm doing? I'm curious... and I wanna know how fast those feet of yours move.")
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